Byron

Daily Thought

Temperate I am – yet never had a temper;
Modest I am – yet with some slight assurance;
Changeable too – yet somehow ‘idem semper’;
Patient – but not enamoured of endurance;
Cheerful – but sometimes rather apt to whimper;
Mild – but at times a sort of ‘Hercules furens’;
So that I almost think that the same skin
For one without – has two or three within.

– Don Juan, 1819-24

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